Meet the Counseling Services Staff
Sharon Biegen, Ph.D., Director
Sharon is a licensed clinical/counseling psychologist with particular interests in women's issues, recovery from sexual abuse, family of origin issues, mindfulness meditation, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She is past chairperson of the Missouri Psychological Association's Women's Issues Committee, and a winner of the UMSL Women Trailblazers Award. "My approach to counseling is to focus on strengths and encourage personal empowerment. I try to help clients develop a clearer and more positive sense of self in the context of relationships."
Gwyneth Abrams, Counseling Intern
Gwyneth received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 2011. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Gwyneth 's clinical interests include depression, anxiety, empowerment, cultural identity issues, aging, and emotional intelligence.
Jamie Linsin, Psy.D, Counseling Psychologist/Coordinator of Outreach
Jamie received his Psy.D. from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 1997. A licensed psychologist and native St. Louisan, Jamie wears several hats at Counseling Services, providing therapy and supervision in addition to coordinating both the office’s outreach work for the campus and the UMSL Safe Zone program. His professional interests include depression, crisis intervention, rape education/prevention, LGBT issues, and theatre for education and social justice.
Ashley Rawie, Counseling Intern
Ashley is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in mental health. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Webster University in 2010. Her clinical interests include PTSD, trauma, substance abuse and dependence, and culturally sensitive counseling.
Chris Sullivan, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist
Chris completed his Ph.D. in Counseling and Family Therapy from UMSL in 2010. His areas of professional interest include the impact of culture on individual and family therapy, with a special focus on cultural transitions, accommodations, and adaptations.
Erin Vasconcelles, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist/Training Coordinator
Erin received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2008. Erin is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and has a number of clinical interests, including anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, sport psychology, concerns with performance, women’s issues, crisis intervention, and identity concerns. In addition to providing therapy and supervision, Erin also coordinates the training program for advanced graduate students at Counseling Services and serves as a liaison between Counseling Services and Disability Access Services.
Todd Westergard, Counseling Intern
Todd is currently pursuing his Masters in Community Counseling from UM-St. Louis. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his Bachelors degree in Zoology in 1999. Todd's professional interests include anxiety, depression, LGBT and multicultural issues, wellness, empowerment, and advocacy.